Thanks for your advice again! A tooth that has a small cavity and heals by following your oral routine will be stronger than a tooth that is filled, correct? I’m guessing that drilling and repairing a tooth makes it weaker and more fragile than healing it??? Am I correct??
I simply want to do what is best for my teeth.
A tooth that is whole ( not filled) has many advantages and yes, any drilling or cutting away will weaken a tooth and diminish its strength.
A filling can fail and need ongoing care and repair. A filling will either be white ( plastic) or metal. Concerns about silver fillings are well documented because of their mercury content. White fillings usually contain a plastic component called BisPhemolA and this can leach out into saliva at body temperature. White fillings attract plaque to their surface.
There is no contest between keeping a perfect tooth and having a filling! I was horrified once to hear a dentist say “What is so bad about a filling anyway?”